Woman reports rape in downtown Ann Arbor parking structure elevator
Ann Arbor police said they are now investigating five recent attacks on women walking alone.
A fifth victim came forward Thursday, reporting that a man followed her into an elevator at the Liberty Square parking structure between 10:30 p.m. and 11p.m. Monday and sexually assaulted her, police spokeswoman Lt. Renee Bush said.
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"We're obviously very concerned and we're working very hard to try to get the suspects identified," Bush said.
The attacker was described as white, 26 years of age, 5 feet, 6 inches to 5 feet, 7 inches tall, with short, dark and straight hair, police said.
In all 5 recent attacks, the description of the attacker includes the same height and similar additional features.
Police have said they're considering a serial rapist scenario, but also said on Thursday that no evidence supports that.
The parking structure has entrances on both East Liberty and East Washington, west of South State. It formerly was known as Tally Hall.
A representative of Republic Parking, the private company that's contracted to operate the downtown parking system, said she hadn't heard about the assault but couldn't comment further. DDA Executive Director Susan Pollay could not be reached for comment.
Meanwhile, the University of Michigan is increasing patrols near Central Campus, spokeswoman Diane Brown said in an email.
"We have increased police patrols of and nearby Central Campus especially during late night and early morning hours," she said. "This is an effort to provide more visibility and therefore a deterrent as well as try to generate more investigation leads."
U-M also has issued crime alerts about the off-campus attacks because of their proximity to campus., and also is offering safety tips to students.
Anyone with information can call Crime Stoppers at 1 (800) SPEAK UP.